Volunteers change world in 1,500 places
Fun runs, block parties, picnics, malaria fundraisers—and more—connected United Methodists to their communities.
Bridging the poverty gap
Taking on the role of someone in poverty gives participants in the Circles Initiative a different perspective on how to help.
Detroit Annual Conference
“Imagine a World…Healing, Healthy, Whole” was the theme of the 2012 session of the Detroit Annual Conference, which was held May 17-20 on the campus of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.
Finding God in unexpected places
Denver encounter with a homeless man reminds traveler that ‘we all have a hole in our soul.’
12 lessons from 12 General Conferences
Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference.
Young adults + social media = future UMC
More than 150 participate in May 14 tweetup to chat about GC2012 and where the church goes from here.
5 Congo siblings capture hearts
Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, brought “O Happy Day” spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service.
Pastor mixes faith, life in online ministry
After a medical scare, Scott Carnes learned the digital divide is not as wide among older and younger church members as often is presumed.
GC2012: 40 more sent to mission service
Worldwide church gathers at General Conference as church sends new people to witness for God throughout the world.
United Methodists ready to Change the World
More than 1,500 congregations, charges, districts and conferences around the globe take the church into the community.
Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference
“To be a church together” — this was the motto of the meeting of Bulgaria Provisional Annual Conference, which was held from March 30 to April 1, 2012, in Pleven, Bulgaria.
Hungary Provisional Annual Conference
About 55 members and guests participated in the annual meeting of Hungary Provisional Annual Conference from April 11 to 14, 2012, in Szeged, Hungary.
It’s the time of the season for meeting
Every four years, United Methodists have a hectic spring and summer full of annual and jurisdictional conference meetings.
Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop
German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC.
Biblical Mothers – not a job for the faint of heart
As the U.S. prepares to celebrate Mother's Day, we look at some of the strong role models from Scripture.
Remember maternal health on Mother’s Day
Mothers are vital to families and communities, but many women struggle to have healthy pregnancies and births.
Week 2: GC2012 flurry of motions, ministry
Frustrated by not voting on major restructure legislation, some felt as if GC2012 accomplished nothing. That’s not the case.
Week 1: GC2012’s ‘slow’ week still busy
Delegates to The United Methodist General Conference considered 1,200 petitions as they prayed, praised and protested.
Scouts prepared conference director
The Rev. Alan Morrison says overseeing the arrangements and organization of General Conference isn’t that different from what he did when he planned a patrol camping trip at age 11.
GC2012: General Conference wrap-up
United Methodists contend with structural and social issues at legislative assembly in Tampa.
Bishops close, reopen General Conference session
After presiding bishop threatened to close GC2012 plenary sessions to visitors, cooler heads prevailed.
GC2012: Bishop encourages delegates
As a sometimes difficult General Conference draws to a close, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner offers a message of hope.
GC2012: Bishops urge ‘communities of love’
Kiesey and Matthews emphasize practice of ‘blessing each other, rather than cursing each other.’
GC2012: Conference lowers apportionments
General Conference lowers general church apportionments by 6.03 percent, but local churches are unlikely to see differences.
GC2012: Delegate serves 11th term
Ruth Daugherty of Eastern Pennsylvania has witnessed some of the historic and defining moments of General Conferences.
GC2012: Judicial Council voids Plan UMC
Compromise restructure plan unanimously deemed unconstitutional; two other referrals deferred until fall.
May 4 wrap: No restructure in 2012
A day filled with drama over an unexpected ruling on the church's structure plan ended anticlimactically when delegates adjourned without coming to a decision.
No 'Plan UMC', GC2012 shrinks agencies
After reorganization plan is ruled unconstitutional, delegates work to salvage parts of the structural changes.
GC2012: Departed leave us ‘legacy of hope’
Bishop Middleton leads worship honoring those who have gone before, reminding all of need to leave same legacy.
GC2012: Pacific Islanders welcome new ministry plan
“Our kalia (‘canoe’) has arrived and been welcomed,” said the Rev. Sione Veikoso, hailing the passage of a comprehensive plan for Pacific Islander ministry in the United States.
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